Awards & Honors


The Dolly Award is named for the late Dolly Tate whose commitment to children’s issues resulted in the creation of the Council for Children in 1979. This award is given to an individual who epitomizes the spirit of Dolly, especially her dedication and uncompromising advocacy on behalf of all children. The 2012 Dolly Award was given to Claire Tate. As a community leader, Tate is a founding member of the Women’s Impact Fund, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Charlotte, an Elder at First Presbyterian Church and an integral member of the Women’s Summit held annually at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Teen Health Connection Honors The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. Teen Health Connection is proud to recognize the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC), for their outstanding, sustained leadership, advocacy and service to adolescents. The Dr. John G. Johnston Award for Excellence in Adolescent Medicine and Health is named for Teen Health Connection’s founding Medical Director and Charlotte pediatrician, who is known for his efforts to empower every adolescent to be healthy,safe and successful.”The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. has been a strong supporter of Teen Health Connection since our inception in 1992,” said Libby Safrit, executive director of Teen Health Connection.
Linda Lockman-Brooks was named to the 2012 Charlotte Catalyst Initiative Class, a group of 11 honorees selected as a result of their work in diversity and philanthropy and their position as role models in the community.The July 19th event was a reception and exhibition preview hosted by the Mint’s Romare Bearden Society, and UPTOWN Charlotte Magazine.


The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. selected the JLC as the recipient of the 2011 Vision Award for its Healthy Child Initiative (HCI). Launched in 2006, HCI has focused its advocacy on the issue of childhood health and fostering the development of long-term solutions and approaches in the Charlotte area. The award was presented at AJLI’s 89th annual convention in Philadelphia on May 14 as delegates from 292 individual Junior Leagues from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the UK came together to celebrate the organization’s diversity, renewal and community impact.
Jane McIntyre and Sally Dalton Robinson were named to The Charlotte USA 20: Celebrating Dynamic Women. The Charlotte USA 20 were chosen based on being leaders in their fields, making a recognizable impact toward improving the lives of others in the greater Charlotte region, and fostering growth and advancement in the community.
For their contributions to educational, cultural and charitable institutions in the Charlotte community, James G. “Jim” Babb and Mary Lou Babb were honored with the UNC Charlotte Distinguished Service Award at a May 25 ceremony.They became the first couple to be honored with the award. The Babbs have touched the lives of thousands of Charlotteans in arenas including the arts, education, business and social services.


The JLC’s mental health documentary, In Our Words, received an Emmy nomination, two bronze Telly Awards and a Voice Award honorable mention.

Toni Freeman, 2003-2004 JLC President, was slated to serve as AJLI President-Elect. After the spring 2011 election, Toni will serve as AJLI President-Elect in 2011-2012, and then will complete a two-year term as AJLI President in 2012-2014.

Wardie Martin, past JLC Administrative Director and current sustainer, received the Johnston YMCA’s 2010 Spirit of Charlotte Award at the 10th annual Johnston Women’s Luncheon on November 1. The honor is given to women who serve as noble advocates for improving the health, wellbeing and/or education of children and families; who engage local businesses, civic groups and others to answer to a significant community need; and who demonstrate leadership to create positive change.

Toni Freeman and Amanda Williamson were selected from a crowded applicant pool to serve on the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) task forces for Diversified Fund Development and Finance Dues Increase, respectively.

Ellen Cary was recognized by the North Carolina Dietetic Association and the Charlotte Dietetic Association as the Young Dietitian of the Year.
Action for Children North Carolina recognized the Junior Leagues of North Carolina for their work with children at an awards luncheon in Chapel Hill in June.